Oil Painting Outdoors - Part 1:

This post contains additional supporting material in respect of my article entitled
"Oil Painting Outdoors - Part 1", published in the 2014 Summer issue of The Artist magazine, available from 20th June from newsagents, or go to www.painters-online.co.uk

Pochade Box:

I made the box illustrated in the article from 6mm, (1/4in) birch faced ply and standard timber sections obtained from my local DIY store and it is designed to hold 3 no. 22.5 x 30cm, (9 x 12in), oil boards. 
Overall measurements are 26cm W x 33cm L x 13.5cm D, (10in W x 13in L x 5 1/4in D) and weighing just under 4 kilos, (9 lbs), when full, it is relatively easy to carry around when I want to work small. A camera tripod mounting bracket can be fitted to the underside of the box, (available from Ken Bromley Art Supplies), to enable the box to be temporarily secured on to a photographic tripod while painting.

Closed box showing carrying handle

Closed box showing carrying handle

View with sliding palette removed to show the available storage space 

View with sliding palette removed to show the available storage space 

Close up showing three painting boards with spaces between whilst held in the lid of the box.

Close up showing three painting boards with spaces between whilst held in the lid of the box.

 

Carrying Boxes for Wet Oil Boards:

I made the box shown in the article as a means of carrying a number of wet oil boards. As I paint in a variety of sizes, I have also made a number of alternative size boxes to suit my various painting panels sizes, 14 x 12 in, 20 x 16in, 24 x 13in together with the one in the article 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in, as shown in the following photographs. 

Box for 14 x 12in size boards made with a single piece hinged top lid.

Box for 14 x 12in size boards made with a single piece hinged top lid.

The above box showing space for 5 oil boards.

The above box showing space for 5 oil boards.

Box for 2 no. 24 x 13in boards shown with open lid. The 'L' shaped angled lid facilitates easy access to the boards.

Box for 2 no. 24 x 13in boards shown with open lid. The 'L' shaped angled lid facilitates easy access to the boards.

Box for 5 no. 20in long boards. Opening on a long edge facilitates carrying various width boards, up to a maximum of 16in wide.  

Box for 5 no. 20in long boards. Opening on a long edge facilitates carrying various width boards, up to a maximum of 16in wide.